Moving tips NYC
June 13, 2022

What do when moving to a new city alone

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The anxiety of moving to a new city alone is somewhat frightening, especially when moving there alone, but it doesn’t have to be because you can make it fun! You will go through numerous ups and downs of emotions, which is why we would like to give you a few tips on what to do when moving to a new city alone.

Before you move to a new city, ensure you don’t have "unfinished business" in your old city. You don’t want to start a new life while having a burden behind you. A clean start gives you a positive mindset, so think of moving alone to a new city as a great thing.

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Moving to a new city will trigger emotions

Get out and meet people

Getting out and meeting people around your new city will be good for you. Not only mentally but physically too. Go for a jog or a short brisk walk, or walk your dog. It can get scary approaching people at first and making friends. However, if you want to settle quickly and not feel like an outcast, you should get out of your comfort zone. You have to get out of the house.  

Join social groups

Find social groups in your new city. These groups can be people you share common interests with or just a general social club with meet-ups for new people in the city. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and get familiar with your area.

Join social groups like book clubs, golf clubs, art, dance, etc.

Whatever your interests or hobbies are, start there! Attend social events, community meetings, sports events, and more. You should find what works for you and make friends in your area.

Join a gym

Working out releases “feel-good hormones” Which are great for your mental and physical health. Also, the gym is a great way to meet new people.

Some gyms have monthly events for members. Ask about those events and attend. This is a great way to learn a thing or two about physical health while at the same time making friends.

Walk around and familiarise yourself with neighbors

Get out of the house and walk around. Of course, you need to be cautious about the time you walk. Find parks, restaurants, and more. Greet your neighbors and introduce yourself while walking.

Go home-furniture shopping

When you get to your new place, go shopping for furniture. Setting up your home is always fun. Make it personable, put all details that represent your personality, and have fun with it. Find local furniture stores and enjoy the shopping experience.

Get rid of some stuff/ furniture you don’t need from your previous home and create a new home/atmosphere for you.

Make friends at your work

Go out with your colleagues to work events or just for happy hour somewhere around the city. This will help you get familiar with the area/get to know your colleagues better. Go out and mingle and have some fun while creating a bond with them. Having someone who knows the city to show you around is always a good idea.

Prepare a good meal for you and your friends

As we said before, settling into a new city can be lonely. This is why having friends over is recommended. Go to a local market, get some fresh ingredients and prepare your favorite dish for your friends/colleagues. This is a great way to welcome your new friends, and to create memories with them. This is also good for your mental health.

Celebrate your move

You can celebrate your move by gifting yourself with something. It doesn’t have to be expensive since moving costs some. Buying yourself a gift also affirms your love for yourself and boosts your mood. Another thing you could do is dress up and take yourself out to a classy restaurant. Eat good food and enjoy some alone. Enjoy time away from your home too.

Connect with old friends who may be in the same city

Before you move, you should check if you maybe have old friends who live in the area you’re moving to and connect with them. This, however, doesn’t mean you should forget about friends from your old city. Keep that friendship and occasionally visit each other.

Thankfully these days there's social media. So even if you can't see each other often, you can always FaceTime or Skype. Just keep in touch on social media and frequent calls. Keep the friendship though it’ll be hard. Try to visit each other often.

Follow local blogs/pages

Keep yourself up to date with the latest news and events in your area. It is great to be aware of your surroundings and attend community events to make friends.Local/ neighborhood pages are also great for social gatherings and community meeting.


The best way to adapt quickly is to go out, mingle, and socialize. Find new hobbies and connect with colleagues. You will have days where you feel anxious and may feel left out. Especially if you’re around a group of people who have an already established friendship. Don’t let this deter you from getting out there and making friends.

We all have to start somewhere. That means being patient and keeping friends from your old city close. If you ever feel alone and need someone to talk to, your friends and family are always a phone call away, so use that to your advantage. This is very important for your mental health.

Capital City Movers is available for any questions you may have. We offer local and long-distance moving. Contact us for a FREE QUOTE at (718) 619 4881, and visit our website for more information and moving tips.


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